First Year Programs
First Year Programming has been developed to assist freshman students in their transition from high school to Texas A&M, by aiding students in navigating the collegiate environment, establishing relationships, and honing skills for personal success. Through targeted programming, Multicultural Services fosters satisfactory academic performance, meaningful connection with peers, and a sense of belonging to the Texas A&M campus community.
Excellence uniting Culture, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL) is a student organization and freshman involvement program designed to help freshmen find academic, social, and personal balance at Texas A&M by fostering a community where they can culturally identify. ExCEL assists freshmen in making a smooth transition from high school to college by orienting freshmen to the program through a Gig ‘Em Week conference, cultivating relationships between peers and mentors, providing a sense of belonging through ExCEL cultural communities, offering academic support services, and serving as a resource for transitioning into Aggie life.
ExCEL launches with the ExCEL Conference the Friday before fall classes. During the conference, students become familiar with the year-long program, as they are assigned upper-class peer mentors and a peer group of freshmen. The Conference consists of motivational speakers, dialogue within the ExCEL cultural communities, introduction to developmental series focused on personal development, and meet and greet mentors activities.
Membership Fee: $40 (one-time fee)
Following the Conference, academic, social, and cultural activities begin through the close of the spring semester. Activities include a cultural community events, seminar series covering topics relevant to underrepresented students, mentor engagement activities, study halls, community service projects, and socials!
Howdy Class of 2021!
The Department of Multicultural Services (DMS) hosts a free annual “Welcome Social,” where freshmen can connect with other new Aggies, student leaders, staff, and faculty before school starts. This event is held the week before classes start.